The laws are pointless because they are virtually unenforceable. In the state of Washington, we have had laws banning non hands free cell phone use and texting for several years. No one follows the law! I see people jabbering away all over. I see them in traffic next to police cars doing it. The cops have more important things to do than deal with it.
People are shitting themselves over texting meanwhile they are fucking around with their Tomtom to get step by step directions to the mall. I cannot count the number of times each week I see people watching a fucking movie while driving. Then there are the book readers and the women doing their hair and makeup in traffic.
I actually saw a woman pull over to fix her makeup here in Tacoma... Granted she cut me off to get over LOL